I am so excited to be bringing you this post today. I never fancied myself to be big on handmade items, until after I had children. Now, I’m all about handmade clothing, toys, and goodies for them. I always order from small businesses when it comes to custom toys, cute clothing, party decor, and things like that. Here are some of the best places to find handmade items for kids.
Each of these powerhouse women run their own businesses, not to mention they do so much more! Here is a little bit about their shops and what you can find there.
Best Places to Find Handmade Items for Kids
Lisa from Tiny Little Hearts Shop
I have known Lisa for a few years now, and have always been in love with her bold and amazing writing. Now, she is creating beautiful toys for children. My daughter received one of her ballerina fox dolls for her birthday and is absolutely obsessed with it.
1. How did your shop get started?
As a little girl I started making dolls, hand sewing each one. I loved designing the dolls and seeing them come to life before my eyes. As I grew older I stopped sewing and kept reading and writing. I wrote and published for over a decade before I started dabbling in other creative arts more seriously. I began painting (acrylic and watercolor) before I got my first sewing machine. When I first got my sewing machine, I had been wanting to make a quilt and a few softies for family friends. I designed my first stuffed owl doll to give away and then began designing stuffed fox dolls because I’m in love with woodland creatures. I love fairy tales and books like Alice in Wonderland, too, so these dolls (and the stories I sometimes tell on Instagram) are kind of just an extension of who I am as a creative person. As a writer I’m drawn to the handmade process because it’s so similar to writing a story. Like telling a story, the creativity starts first in your head and then extends to something physical. When I make my dolls, I draw my own patterns and then sew and sew and sew until things look as I imagined them to look. It’s the same with storytelling: I start with an idea and then work with it until it looks like the final product I’d envisioned. In all of this, I’m keeping the little doll designer (and writer) in me alive. I hope my creations inspire little boys and girls to imagine, dream and be filled with wonder. And maybe even to be toy makers when they grow up.
2 . What is your favorite thing to make/ favorite thing you have made?
I think I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Muriel the Fox. She was my first creation and I really listened to my creative instincts when designing her. Fabric choices are always a challenge; sometimes you come up with an idea you think would be perfect but the reality is, you still have to source your fabric and your dream fabrics might not actually exist. Muriel’s colors were born out of that. What I originally had in mind didn’t work, so I spent hours finding the perfect colors and styles to make her pop. Muriel was also the first doll we sent internationally. She traveled to Canada and has had a lot of great adventures there.
3. The best part of hand making items for kids?
The best part of hand making my dolls for kids is really just seeing the look on their faces (usually through social media or online reviews). I love when parents send me anecdotes about their kids asking for their Aspen doll when they first wake up in the morning and that kind of thing. It makes it all worthwhile.
Alyssa from Fab Flares by Audrey’s Mom
I have been friends with Alyssa for many years now, and have watched her grow from creating to little girls hair bows, to wine glasses for mamas, to these amazing personalized items. I absolutely love seeing her shop expand!
Aaronica from The Crunchy Mommy store
I have known Aaronica through blogging and I am so thankful to have met such a wonderful lady. She has so much passion for what she does, not only in her writing, but in her creations for little ones. She is making an outfit for the twins’ birthday, which I cannot wait to show you all!